November 13, 2008
This lecture considers the work of Italian artist Alighiero Boetti, who added the word "e"—Italian for "and"—to his name in the early 1970s after the first of his numerous trips to Kabul, Afghanistan, which became his second home. The lecture focuses on the themes of the double, the unity of opposites, the notion of the "other" in oneself, and the layering of western and eastern cultural references.
Lecturer Anna Mecugni (PhD candidate, The Graduate Center, City University of New York) is writing her dissertation on Alighiero Boetti and other Italian artists who traveled east in the 1970s.
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